Welcome to Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s (SMMC) HEARTaware program! Thank you for taking your first step toward a healthy heart. SMMC’s HEARTaware program was developed to help raise awareness of heart disease in our community. Knowing your risk factors can help you have a better understanding of your heart health and what steps you can take to live a healthier life.
Here’s how you can identify your risk of a heart attack or a stroke:
• Complete the online, seven-minute heart risk assessment. At the end of the free assessment, you can download a summary of your results and share them with your primary care physician, if you choose.
• Schedule a more comprehensive screening:
Preventative Cardiac Screening ($35): This is a one-hour screening performed by a cardiac clinician that includes height, weight, blood pressure, abdominal waist measurement, complete fasting lipid profile and fasting blood sugar. A cardiac clinician will review the results during your personalized consult. They will also discuss diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications, as well as review further need for testing, if necessary.
Calcium Scoring Package ($50): This test uses a special X-ray called computed tomography (CT) to detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. It is a non-invasive test performed in the Radiology Department that takes approximately five to 10 minutes to complete. A score of zero means that no calcium has been detected and indicates a low-risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), while a higher score is associated with a greater risk for CAD. A cardiologist will read the results and a cardiac nurse will follow up with a phone call. A copy of the results will also be mailed to your home and be sent to your primary care physician. *Please note that a calcium scoring test requires an order in the state of Kansas. Your primary care physician can either write an order for you, or you can receive an order from a cardiology nurse practitioner during the preventative cardiac screening.
Peripheral Vascular Package ($79): This is a limited screening of the carotid arteries in your neck and the abdominal aorta. The screening also includes an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI). The ultrasound portion of the screening is a test that utilizes sound waves to create detailed images of blood flow through the vessels, which can detect narrowing, blockages or bulging due to weakness or damage to the vessel wall. The ABI portion of the screening is an exam that compares blood pressures taken in your arms to the blood pressures in your legs. An abnormal ratio indicates a restriction of blood flow.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 913-676-2505.
*Please note, participants are encouraged to complete the online heart risk assessment prior to registering for any of the above screenings. Please bring your results with you to the screening.
Thank You for your submission. Your Healthy Heart Kit will arrive in the mail in the coming weeks.
As your heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels called the circulatory system. Vascular disease, which includes any condition that affects your circulatory system, is caused by heart attack or stroke and is often the result of uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, cholesterol, obesity and lack of exercise.
Vascular disease occurs when blood vessels and arteries are narrowed due to fatty buildup along the inner walls. This fatty buildup occurs slowly over time, reducing the amount of blood and oxygen to tissues. This buildup often causes blood clots to form, completely blocking the flow of blood to that part of the body, and can lead to circulation problems, heart attack or stroke. The longer the tissue is without blood and oxygen, the more damage occurs.
When blood vessel disease is identified in one location of the body, it is likely that it is present in other locations as well. If blood flow to the brain is clogged, a stroke occurs. If that clogged vessel is in the heart, a heart attack occurs. In the legs and feet, blood vessel blockage is called peripheral vascular disease and can result in serious circulation problems.
At the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center, we are committed to helping you identify and control risk factors that will keep you healthy and independent.
More than 10 million Americans experience PVD. It often goes undiagnosed and untreated because people believe it is a normal part of aging. PVD can be effectively treated, improving the quality of your life.
Warning Signs of PVD
If you suspect you have PVD, see your doctor for an evaluation. People with PVD are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
Diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology services make it possible for our team of specialists to better understand a patient’s condition and develop an effective treatment plan. The Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) Radiology department offers a full range of sonography and diagnostic imaging services that are performed by highly trained, Board-certified radiologists, technologists and nurses.
When you come to SMMC for diagnosis and treatment, you can be certain you will receive the best care available. Our Vascular Lab was the first laboratory in greater Kansas City to receive accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories and our MRI Lab is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Advanced diagnostic procedures include:
In some cases of vascular disease, surgery may be recommended. At the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center, our Board-certified vascular surgeons are highly skilled in performing a broad range of procedures. Our minimally invasive approach significantly reduces recovery time.
Vascular surgical procedures include:
If you are diagnosed with vascular disease, commonly called poor circulation, it may be possible to manage your condition with medication, nutrition, exercise and other interventions. The physicians and health care professionals at the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center can discuss the best course of treatment with you.
Using advanced medical procedures, the Wound Care Center provides hope and help to patients with wounds caused by poor circulation, diabetes and other conditions. The Wound Care Center opened in 1998 to serve patients who have chronic, non-healing wounds. Our multidisciplinary team includes vascular, orthopaedic and plastic surgeons as well as primary care physicians and other specialists who are trained to evaluate each patient’s condition and determine an individualized treatment program. Patient education programs explore nutrition, exercise and other strategies that complement treatment. Curative Health Services named Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Wound Care Center “Best of the Best” for excellence in patient outcomes and outstanding teamwork. For more information, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a largely unknown condition that affects 10 million Americans. The disease is caused by decreased or restricted blood flow to legs, feet, abdomen and head, and often goes undiagnosed and untreated.
SMMC conducts annual screenings for PVD in the legs and a circulatory condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Carotid ultrasounds are also provided to test for a restricted blood flow to the brain which may cause stroke.
For more information about PVD, AAA, stroke or our vascular screenings, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.
Both heart attacks and brain attacks (stroke) can be stopped with immediate emergency medical treatment. You must know the warning signs to know when to call emergency services.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
In addition to the warning signs above, symptoms that may more commonly be seen in women, elderly and diabetics are:
Keep in mind that not all of these symptoms occur in every heart attack. Some symptoms may come and go. If you experience these signals, call 911 immediately.
Warning Signs of Stroke
If you or someone you know experiences just one warning sign of a stroke or heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Sometimes symptoms may appear for only a short period of time, and then disappear. These warning signs are often called ministrokes – or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) for strokes – and angina for heart attacks. These episodes indicate a serious risk and are a powerful warning that a full attack may soon follow.
For more information about cardiac and vascular disease, use the ASK-A-NURSE module on this page to submit a question.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. SMMC earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an unannounced on-site review in January. Read more.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Death and long-term disability can often be prevented if patients receive proper medical treatment within the first three hours of having a stroke.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble or speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Click here for more information and resources from the American Stroke Association. If you are interested in taking a free, online seven-minute assessment to see if you are at risk for a stroke, click here.
Each year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Thanks to advanced medical procedures such as those offered at the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center, more people than ever before are surviving and leading productive lives. Today, close to five million stroke survivors across the country are effectively managing their health.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot. The nerve cells in the affected area of the brain are damaged, and may die within four to six minutes. As a result, the part of the body controlled by the damaged section of the brain cannot function properly. When stroke occurs, immediate emergency care minimizes permanent damage.The Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center’s team of experts has developed an outstanding stroke program that includes prevention and awareness education, rapid diagnosis, thorough treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation.
Click here to learn more about how one of SMMC’s own associates has been impacted by stroke.
Our comprehensive approach to management of stroke includes:
From the moment a patient arrives at the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center, and throughout every phase of treatment and recovery, there’s an entire team of experts dedicated to delivering the best care available.
Board-certified neurologists collaborate with highly specialized radiologists and other specialists to quickly diagnose patients and initiate effective treatment. After a patient stabilizes, a multi-disciplinary team including nurses, physicians, therapists, dietitians, chaplains, social workers and pharmacists works collaboratively to promote the healing and recovery process.
During hospitalization, we closely monitor every aspect of a patient’s health. Our dedicated team of rehabilitation experts develops a customized therapy plan for each patient. During the rehabilitation process, a range of health care professionals including physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists, help patients restore movement and language skills that may have been affected by stroke. Our rehabilitation experts are committed to helping individuals develop skills that promote an independent and fulfilling life after stroke. Our “One Day at a Time” support group helps patients and their families adjust to lifestyle changes.
For more information about stroke care at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.